Welcome to Susan Worner Tours

Website update autumn 2022

As the 2022 season draws to a close, we look back with enormous pleasure to travels resumed and gardens once again explored in the company of you, our clients at Susan Worner Tours.

Now we are working on plans for a new programme beginning in spring 2023. Our focus will be on bespoke tours for groups, with destinations in France, Italy, Morocco and southern Africa.

Please watch this space for updates in the coming weeks.

Morocco

Morocco is a country of contrasts: The buzz of the medina and exotic souks in Marrakech, hidden gardens that are oases of calm, long views to the mountains – and warm, hospitable people happy to share their history over a glass of mint tea.

Italian Lakes

Concentrating on the wealth of beautiful gardens around Lakes Como and Maggiore, the region offers a balance between interesting botanical gardens and those of classic Renaissance and later Italian style. 

Secret Gardens of Venice

Delightful gardens are hidden behind high walls on the Canal, on the Giudecca or down small canals on the islands in the extensive lagoon. We discover the special variety of artichoke grown on the island of Sant’Erasmo while enjoying a day on a ‘Bragozzo’ boat in the lagoon.

Provence

A particularly good selection of private gardens in Provence created by leading local landscape designers show successful planting for drought affected gardens. 

South Africa

Beautiful gardens at their best in springtime and flora plus wildlife in the spectacular hinterland of the Little Karoo and the mountainous coastline.

The region has a Mediterranean climate, abundant sources of water, mostly acid soil and above all a rich indigenous flora.

Exceptional gardens some of which some surround delightful Cape Dutch manor houses, while others are extensive plant collectors’ gardens, and yet others feature contemporary designs. Among the highlights are Kirstenbosch gardens, with a remarkable collection of indigenous plants laid out in a stunning location at the foot of the Table Mountain Range; and the recently created Babylonstoren, spectacular in both design and concept.